Flame-retardant materials are used in various applications, some of which are common around homes and offices. Many things we come into contact with daily contain these materials. Some everyday objects that contain flame-retardant materials include electronics, furniture, insulation and coatings for electrical wires.
While these materials are commonplace, they may not necessarily be safe. One issue with them is that they don’t break down quickly. They can remain in the human body and environment for a long time. Flame-retardant chemicals can seep into the water or food. They may also leach into dust, the soil and air.
Who’s most at risk of health issues from flame-retardant materials?
Anyone who comes into contact with these materials may suffer adverse health effects. These include cancer, endocrine changes, thyroid disruption, toxicity of the reproductive organs and immunotoxicity.
Flame-retardant chemicals are especially problematic for children because their organs are still developing. They are also at a higher risk of exposure because they tend to put their hands in their mouths and may place items containing these chemicals in their mouth.
Firefighters are also at an increased risk of exposure because they come into contact with materials more frequently than others. Part of this exposure stems from them using certain chemicals when they’re fighting certain types of fires.
If you’ve suffered a severe health issue due to exposure to flame-retardant materials, you will likely need considerable medical care, which can be costly. You may exercise your right to seek compensation for the financial damages you’re dealing with. There are time limits for doing this, so it’s important to act quickly.